Botanical Garden and Padua historic center: private guided tour between art and science

Duration: approx. 3 hours 

Location: Padua

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Why choose this experience?

1 Enjoy a guided walk in the enchanting Botanical Garden of Padua and admire 7000 different plant species
2 Discover the historic center on foot and slowly soak in its captivating medieval spirit
3 Discover with just one tour the two sides of Padua, thanks to a highly insightful local guide who will accompany you on two different thematic walks

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Important information


all year, subject to availability of the guide.

Departure point:

in front of the entrance of the Botanical Garden.

Departure time

To be agreed

Languages available



€235.00 per service, for a 3-hour private guided visit (to be divided up to a maximum of 30 people).

approx. 3 hours
  • Private guided tour of the Botanical Garden
  • Private guided walk in the historic center
  • • Admission tickets to the Botanical Garden (to be purchased at the time of the visit)
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:

PLEASE NOTE: the voucher issued at the end of the booking must be printed (paper format) and presented at the time of the visit.

There will be no refund in case of NO-SHOW (if you don’t show up at the start of the tour at the time and meeting point shown in the voucher).

Tickets Botanical Garden Padova

Adult: €10.00

Concession: €8.00 - over 65s, members of the alumni University of Padua, scholars, teachers of any school on a private visit, when showing a ministerial card, certificate of the school, identity card or university badge, UniPadova Art and Science (when showing the admission ticket for Palazzo Bo/Sala dei Giganti/Villa Parco Bolasco), Arte Terme Card holders

Concession: €5.00 – young people aged 13 to 25 years, when showing an ID card, volunteers of the Civil Service with ID badges, children aged 6 to 12 years if accompanied by an adult paying a concession price of 5 euros or free, Padova Card holders

Free - students of University of Padua, when showing a badge, university exam book or enrollment certificate, staff of University of Padua, when showing their employee badge, senior technical/administrative staff of the University of Padua, teachers, retired lecturers, when showing their university badge or other document certifying the status of former employee, children up to 5 years, children from 6 to 12 years accompanied by adults paying full rate or € 8, people with disabilities on specific request of the person + accompanying person, journalists with a badge valid for the current year and prior accreditation at the ticket office, guides showing an identification card valid for the current year and prior accreditation at the ticket office

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures,serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute) the service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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Thanks to this new tour of Padua Botanical Garden and its historic center you will discover the many wonders that have contributed to making the city famous all over the world. The first part of the visit will be a guided walk inside the world’s oldest surviving university botanical garden, while the second will allow you to discover the history and the main monuments of the oldest city in the Veneto region.

The passionate and experienced guide of your Padua walking tour will accompany you on this fascinating tour and share with you all their enthusiasm for this magical city! Let yourself be charmed by the history of Padua, captivating anecdotes and the culture of one of the oldest universities in the world: scientific innovation and humanistic tradition are the two faces of Padua that will reveal themselves to you thanks to this fascinating itinerary between art and science.

The tour will start in front of the entrance to the Padua Botanical Garden, where you will meet with the guide at the time that you will agree together according to your needs. Founded as a medicinal garden of the Padua University in 1545, the Botanical Garden of Padua was included in the Unesco World Heritage List in 1997. Even today, it acts as a centre for scientific research and innovation of international appeal... Past and present here blend with a common purpose: enhancement of knowledge and conservation of biodiversity.

In addition to being an unmissable visit for botany enthusiasts, the site attracts a large number of visitors every year who visit it for altogether different reasons. The garden, in fact, was built according to a precise cosmic symbology linked to the Renaissance thinking that brought together scientific and humanistic knowledge under a single universal project.

Our visit to the Padua Botanical Garden will start right from the historical section, characterized by an architectural layout inspired by the harmony and the formal perfection typical of the 16th century.

Its circular shape with an inscribed square divided into further orthogonal sectors is in fact full of fascinating cosmological symbols that, for example, link each sector to the four elements: the circumference is the symbol of the Universe's perfection, while the circle and the square represent, according to the philosophical principles of the time, the Universe and the Earth.

Starting from the past our walk will reach the future in the new Biodiversity Garden. Here you will be accompanied on a journey through the biomes of the planet: 1300 plant species are divided between five greenhouses, as many as the world's continents, which simulate the climatic conditions of the various environmental systems, from tropical areas to sub-humid ones, temperate zones to arid ones.

Between present and past, this immense structure preserves the plant variety of the entire planet, as well as being a splendid and rare example of sustainable architecture that relies on thermal waters and solar energy for its functioning.

After the visit to the Botanical Garden, the tour will continue with a guided walk to discover the 'City of the Saint'. The visit to the historic center will focus in particular on the exterior of the Town Hall and Palazzo della Ragione with its original covered market, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta, the ancient courtyard of the University and the ground floor rooms of the historic Caffè Pedrocchi.

With its elegant public places, shops and historical and artistic testimonies, this lively city is an undisputed source of attraction for tourists: the best way to visit Padua is on foot to slowly discover both its best and less know sights ... Even better if you are accompanied by an expert local guide who will immerse you in the history of the city in a fully engaging way!

Book online this exclusive Padua walking tour of the Botanical Garden and the historic center! A three-hour guided tour that will make you discover the Padua, Italy, points of interests thanks to an expert local guide!

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